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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - November 12, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur
Week of Sunday, November 12, 2001 (26 Heshvan 5762)
1. UPenn Center For Advanced Judaic Studies: Seeking Editor for JQR (Allen)

2. Chair in Medieval Jewish Studies: University of Toronto (Jones)

3. Historian/Department Director: Institute of Southern Jewish Life (Greenberg)

4. Graduate Student Assistantship: Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (Barclift)

5. Graduate Fellowships: Ohio State Universtiy (Al-Khouri)

6. Introduction of David Sheby to the Discussion List (Sheby)

7. Lecture on Cuba's Secret Jews: Brandeis University (Brooks)

8. Seeking Speakers on Contemporary Jews in Muslim Societies (Kahn)

1. UPenn Center For Advanced Judaic Studies: Seeking Editor for JQR (Allen)

From: (Sheila R. Allen)
Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>
Wednesday, November 7, 2001 6:16 PM
Subject: Editor, JQR (U Pennsylvania)

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies invites candidates to apply for a non-salaried, non-benefits eligible appointment as editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review (JQR) which will become vacant on July 1, 2003. JQR is the oldest academic journal in Judaic studies published in English and has left an enormous mark on the field. We seek a distinguished scholar with an innovative, wide-ranging vision of the fields of Judaic Studies, as well as strong editorial, communication and leadership skills, to continue the high standards and illustrious legacy of the journal while working to enhance its range and impact in the 114th year of its existence. The editor will work closely with the editorial board, the director and staff of the Center, as well as the resident fellows visiting each year, closely integrating the journal into the intellectual life of the Center. While the editorship is a non-salaried position, there will be a modest budget for travel and other expenses. Nominations and applications should be submitted to Professor David Ruderman, Director, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106. Applications should include a C.V., a list of three references, and a statement of 2-3 pages describing the candidate's credentials and his/her vision for JQR. The successful candidate will be selected by June, 2002 and will work closely with the present editor as associate during the transition year. AA/EOE

Sheila Allen

2. Chair in Medieval Jewish Studies: University of Toronto (Jones)

From: Jennie Jones <>
Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>
Wednesday, November 7, 2001 6:16 PM
Subject: Medieval Jewish Studies (U Toronto)

Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations


The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations invites applications and nominations for the endowed Grafstein Chair in Medieval Jewish Studies. The holder of the Chair will be an already established scholar at the associate or full professor level. Research areas of special interest include medieval Jewish theology and philosophy; Kabbalah and early Jewish mysticism; and/or classical Jewish Biblical exegesis. The appointment date is July 1, 2002, and the successful candidate will teach courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. These courses will be fully integrated into the Department's curriculum as well as the undergraduate program in Jewish Studies and the graduate program of the Centre for Medieval Studies.

Applicants are requested to submit a covering letter with curriculum vitae and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent. (Nominations should include the nominee's full address, and the names of three referees.) The deadline for applications and nominations is January 25, 2002. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Professor J. A. Reilly
Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto
4 Bancroft Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C1

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Jennie Jones

3. Historian/Department Director: Institute of Southern Jewish Life (Greenberg)

From: "Mark I. Greenberg" <>
Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>
Wednesday, November 7, 2001 6:16 PM
Subject: Historian/Director (ISJL)

Historian/Department Director

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) in
Jackson, MS, seeks a Historian/Department Director to oversee its history
department. He/she is responsible for the following: conduct research on
the Southern Jewish Experience; disseminate information through
publications, lectures, tours, and discussions with groups of all ages and
backgrounds; serve as a resource on a wide variety of southern Jewish
topics locally and across the country; work with Museum staff to develop
exhibits; write and edit grants and other printed material as needed;
conduct video oral history interviews and lead oral history workshops;
oversee oral history transcription, editing, and publishing process;
recruit and supervise ISJL student interns; represent ISJL at other
organizations with missions that intersect the ISJL; participate in
professional development activities to extend and enhance the reputation
of the ISJL; suggest and coordinate innovative history-related programming
and scholarship; maintain and develop relationships with scholars and
institutions in the field

Qualifications: Ph.D. in American History, Southern Studies, Jewish
Studies or related fields; demonstrated skills in critical analysis and
interpretation of historical materials; lecture and public presentation
skills; professional publications in fields related to areas of expertise;
strong writing skills; field work techniques for oral history interviews.

Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Send
application letter, resume, and three references to Mr. Macy B. Hart,
ISJL, P. O. Box 16528, Jackson, MS 39236 or email
Applications accepted until position is filled.
4. Graduate Student Assistantship: Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (Barclift)

From: Dawn Barclift <DBarclift@USHMM.ORG>
Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>
Wednesday, November 7, 2001 6:16 PM
Subject: Graduate Student Assistantship (CAHS-USHMM)

University Programs Division


The University Programs Division of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum seeks applications for a graduate-student assistantship to update and finalize The Guide to Holocaust Studies. The Guide is a comprehensive catalogue of the Holocaust and Holocaust-related programs, courses, research centers, financial-assistance opportunities, and faculty positions at universities throughout the United States. The objective of the Guide is to serve as a handbook for students and professors alike on what programs and resources are currently available in the United States to further education and research about the Holocaust. The objectives of the assistantship is to (1) expose a young scholar to the Museum's extraordinary collection of archival materials that could be of use to his/her studies and (2) update the information currently contained in the Guide. The candidate's duties for the Guide will include: (1) the identification via web and follow-up surveys of all faculty members and courses being taught on the Holocaust in the United States; and (2) the compilation of a final publication suitable for use by scholars and students.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council established the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (1) to promote research on the Holocaust and growth of the field of Holocaust studies at universities in the United States, (b) to undertake the publication and dissemination of scholarly output relating to the Holocaust, and (c) to ensure the ongoing training of future generations of young scholars specializing in the Holocaust. The objective of the University Programs Division is to foster institutional partnerships with universities and other research organizations and to enhance the quality of teaching and research about the Holocaust on university campuses. A summary of the Center's activities is available on
the Museum's website

The assistantship will be of 16-week duration, at 40-hours per week, and provide a stipend of $6,000. The assistantship is made possible by a grant from the Dori Brenner Foundation.

Please send letters of interest and current CVs to:

University Programs Division
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024-2126
Fax: 202-479-9726

Application deadline is December 14, 2001.
Decisions will be announced by January 14, 2002.

Dawn Barclift

5. Graduate Fellowships: Ohio State Universtiy (Al-Khouri)

From: Maurea Al-Khouri <>
Via: HJ Newsletter Ed <>
Wednesday, November 7, 2001 6:16 PM
Subject: Graduate Fellowships (Ohio State U)

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies
at The Ohio State University
The Samuel M. Melton Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies
The George M. & Rene K. Levine Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies

Each fellowship provides a $14,400 stipend, $600 research stipend, and a full fee remission for one academic year. The fellowship may be used for graduate research in a core area of Jewish studies. To be eligible for a Jewish Studies Fellowship you must first be accepted in an OSU affiliated department which has a graduate degree program. An application and the Graduate School Bulletin may be obtained from the Admissions Office, Third

Floor, Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210. Additional information may be obtained from The Graduate School, 250 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210. Candidates must agree to be in residence at OSU for the tenure of their fellowship. They must also agree, as part of the fellowship, to function as a resource person to the Jewish community in a way that is mutually beneficial to the student and to the targeted program, in consultation with the director of the Melton Center. Application Deadline is February 1, 2002. To apply, students should send a copy of their full Graduate School application, including transcripts, 3 letters of academic recommendation, GRE scores (if applicable), a statement of academic purpose, and a writing sample to:

T. M. Rudavsky, Director
Melton Center for Jewish Studies
The Ohio State University
306 Dulles Hall
230 W. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1311
(614) 292-0967, FAX (614) 292-8838

Maurea Al-Khouri

6. Introduction of David Sheby to the Discussion list (Sheby)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: new subscribers to the Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List are encouraged to send in a brief biography as a means of introducing themselves to other readers. The Discussion List warmly welcomes David Sheby!]

From: David Sheby <>
Date: Monday, November 5, 2001 4:30 PM

I'm not a professional in Judaica .. I'm just a dilettante hence I haven't any affiliation or publication of relevance.

My Ph.D. is in Engineering from Caltech (1978). I am President of a small boutique R&D firm involved in aerospace activities.

My paternal grandparents are from Gallipoli (the city). In my "spare time" I've been studying Talmud for the past 11 years. My interests are in:

a) history of Gallipoli as preserved in rabbinical responsa and Ottoman sources
b) Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) correspondence of Ottoman Sephardim
c) consistency of hermeneutics within the Talmud
d) Egyptian motifs in the Exodus story

In my spare time I write my own "commentaries" on various topics of interest.

I am a Life Member of Sephardic House, and was their advisor (no longer) for determining the Sephardic genealogical emphasis/content of their current website. I am now "volunteering" "spare time" with the Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture (FASSC) on various long term projects.

David Sheby
7. Lecture on Cuba's Secret Jews: Brandeis University (Brooks)

From: Marilyn Brooks < >
Via: Lorraine E. Roses <>
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2001 10:27 AM


"Days of Awe: The Diasporic Experience of Cuba's Secret Jews"

A reading and talk by the author Achy Obejas

Friday November 16 at 2:00 p.m. Shiffman 219,
Brandeis University

Sponsored by Latin Aemrican Studies, Romance and Comparative Literature,
and Women's Studies at Brandeis. For more info, contact Marilyn Brooks at
781-736-2293 or at

Marilyn Brooks
8. Seeking Speakers on Contemporary Jews in Muslim Societies (Kahn)

From: Gopher Information Service <gopher@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2001 1:16 PM

The following results from your form ( were submitted on 11/8/2001:

My name is Dr. Susan Kahn and I am the Senior Research Director at the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University. We are organizing a symposium entitled "JEWISH WOMEN FROM
December 10, 2001 - to be held at Brandeis University. We have invited
a range of speakers, both academics and non-academics, including one
from Iran, to address the following questions:
What do current events mean for Jews who remain in Muslim societies?
What stories and impressions can presenters share about Jewish-Muslim
relations and what can we learn from them? How do current events affect one's self-perception as a Jew from a Muslim society?

I am writing to inquire as to whether you may know interested parties who would like to attend the above event, which is free and open to the public. We hope the symposium will provide an important forum for discussion and debate about the current situation.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Susan Kahn

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